Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service personnel remain at the scene of a tyre fire in Station Road, Ranskill almost two weeks after the blaze broke out, and despite conducting a detailed investigation have been unable to determine the cause of the fire. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 240 of 5 August, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Following the news that Goodyear has retained the UK police fleet tyre contract, Tyres & Accessories contacted Crown Commercial Services in order to confirm which other tyre firms have succeeded in winning their part of the two government tyre supply contracts which together are worth an estimated £200 million.
Tyron’s reports that its Runflat MultiBands have been selected to keep the fast pursuit vehicles of the Cumbria Constabulary and Cheshire Constabulary police safe in the event of a tyre blow-out at speed. The selection will see Tyron MultiBands rolled out to in-service pursuit vehicles that previously had run-flat tyres fitted.
Goodyear is continuing its 25-year partnership with the UK Police Force by retaining the relevant tyre supply part of the Crown Commercial Service framework. This means Goodyear will “supply, service and maintain the government-operated fleet for an additional four years.” The Police tyre supply contract makes up a significant part of the overall Crown Commercial Services tyre supply framework which normally runs for four years at a time, but the last deal ran for five due to the pandemic and expired on 10 October 2021.
While Tyres-as-a-Service (Taas) is now coming of age in the passenger car tyre retail side of the business, TaaS arguably finds its roots in the fleet tyre trade. The wide-spread adoption of pence-per-kilometre contracts (otherwise known as PPK or CPK – cost per kilometre) means that both TaaS and PPK put the pre-sale of premium products front and centre. However, fleet contracts bring with them the massive advantage of scale, something that is all-the-more important for business planning in the kinds of challenging post-Covid economic circumstances the tyre business is currently encountering. That’s why June’s 75th-anniversary edition of Tyres & Accessories takes a closer look at the fleet tyre business in general, emphasising the trends and opportunities demonstrated by the tyre-buying habits of the biggest fleets out there.
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) is supporting a West Mercia Police anti tyre fly-tipping initiative. The campaign, which involves retailers and others handling waste tyres, offers special marker pens to identify the origin of tyre. TRA-branded handouts and posters promoting the campaign will also be available.
During the course of 2020 the emergency services’ irreplaceable role as keyworkers took a deserved centre stage. At the same time, tyre technicians up and down the country stayed busy making sure blue light fleets kept rolling. With the Crown Commercial Services framework coming up for renewal in 2021, Tyres & Accessories conducted an in-depth analysis of the Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance fleets’ tyre purchasing and consumption serialised across the year. But how do the Police and Ambulance fleets compare? In this, the concluding part of our series of blue light fleet analyses, we zoom out and compare the national trends present in each emergency service with the other.
Goodyear has been forced to release an official response after US President Donald Trump urged motorists not to buy its tyres in a social media message. On 19 August, the President rebuked Goodyear in an apparent critique of its “One Team” equality policies, saying: “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS”. He further suggests that motorists could “Get better tires for far less!” – pointedly undermining the company’s premium brand positioning and performance without reference to any tyre performance or price data.
Continuing our series investigating UK Police fleet tyre demand, we looked a little closer at the differences between the various regional forces tyre preferences. Despite the fact that, as we have seen, tyre purchasing is based on a national framework agreement, there was a surprising amount of variety in both tyre policy and what actually happened when the rubber hit the road, so to speak.
During recent weeks and months, the coronavirus lockdown has seen miles-driven figures fall through the floor. However, some fleets don’t stop moving. And, as anyone who has clapped for our carers will tell you, the blue-light services have been as busy as ever. Of course, the medics, police and firefighters rely on tyre technicians to keep them mobile. So, with this in mind, and as part our June magazine’s Fleet Tyre feature, we have been investigating what the blue light fleet’s tyre demand really looks like.
Drivers are being urged to be vigilant after a huge rise in the number of catalytic converters being stolen from cars. Police in London say the number of thefts in the first six months of 2019 was 2,894, a 73 per cent increase on the 1,674 stolen in the whole of 2018. In Cambridgeshire, there were 61 reported thefts between June 20 and August 14, with 44 of these from Honda Jazz, Toyota Prius or Toyota Auris cars.
“The PRA is pleased to see that forecourt crime is now back on the police’s agenda, following a productive meeting with chief constable Simon Cole of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC)”, said Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
Findings from comprehensive eye tests conducted by a leading optician on over 1,000 UK residents have revealed that one in five – which equates to 7.6 million licence-holders – haven’t had any vision check since reading a number plate at 20m when passing their driving test.